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Telone is being accused of “double-dipping” after the Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education Dr. Slyvia Utete-Masango that the state-owned company was demanding payments from schools it provided internet services. The criticism stemmed from the fact that it was one of three recipients (TelOne, Zarnet, and E-solutions) of government grants for the service hence their service to schools should be free. The Herald reported that Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education said;
It is double dipping and we do not expect that. We have unveiled a $2 million grant where these three companies are benefiting. …..The money is meant for TelOne, Zarnet and E-solutions to connect internet services to schools.
I’m surprised that this issue is being taken lightly when double dipping is actually illicit. If Telone is really double-dipping, then the government should do something more than mere lashing out. If it was a private entity doing this, I’m sure it would have been penalized.
Zimbabwe is in its way to integrate E-learning in its educational system. But at the moment there is a lack of policies and initiatives, never mind the political will that supports e-learning. In 2012 it seemed like e-learning was about to take off but like most government initiatives, it lost momentum before it even spread to many schools
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